The Gospel and Suburban Youth Cultures .pdf copy
The Gospel and Suburban Youth Cultures by Steve Thomason
A Term Paper Presented to Professors Mary Hess and Gary Simpson
Luther Seminary | As a Requirement in Course CL8530 Gospel and Culture
St. Paul, Minnesota | 2012
The general focus of my PhD study is on Spiritual Formation for the missional church in the context of middle-class United States suburbia. I am the Associate Pastor of Spiritual Formation at Grace Lutheran Church (GLC)—an ELCA congregation—in Andover, MN, where I work with all ages trying to create spaces in which people can develop spiritually. My case study for this paper is focused on the high school youth group that I work with and a new curriculum/praxis that I developed for the students this fall called How Do I Fit?
Tanner, Kathryn. Theories of Culture: A New Agenda for Theology Guides to Theological Inquiry. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1997.
A Paper I Wrote on This Book
A Presentation and Reflective Response to Theories of Culture: A New Agenda for Theology by Kathryn Turner
The purpose and scope of this paper is to provide a starting point for discussion amongst the members of the course CL8520 Gospel and Culture around Kathryn Tanner’s book Theories of Culture: A New Agenda for Theology. A more specific purpose is to provide the first respondent with clearly marked hooks upon which to hang a coherent response. A baseball metaphor may serve useful at this point. I will try to lob some pitches in so the points of discussion will be easy to hit.
In this post I will connect the term The Kingdom of Heaven with Kathryn Tanner’s ideas in Theories of Culture. I will then propose that this is a missional imagination of how the Trinitarian God is at work in the world.
What prompted these thoughts
This week I have been working on a sermon for Advent 1 from Daniel 3:8-30. Here we read the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Adednego as they refused to bow down to Nebuchadnezzar’s idol as they were in exile. The Gospel lesson was from John 18:36-37 where Jesus says that his Kingdom is not from this world.
Toward a Missional Spirituality in the Suburbs